Ep. 26, LaMaurice Gardner, Global Solo Challenge

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LaMaurice is the youngest entrant in the Global Solo Challenge, a solo circumnavigation race that starts next year. He will be sailing in his Caliber 33, a cruising sailboat. We talk about is sailing history, his boat, preparations for the race, goals, fears, safety, training, and more.

Ep. 25, Aaron Erwine, Guatemala, Roatan, San Blas

Ep. 24, Kiana Weltzien 2, Atlantic Crossing

Crossing the Atlantic in her Wharram Catamaran, heaving-to in heavy weather, The Azores, the Canary Islands, anchoring, customs, dancing all night, sheet-to-tiller self-steering, meeting Elliot Smith during his Golden Globe Race, chasing dreams, books, writing, finding motivation, an more!

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Kiana with Elliot Smith in the background
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crossing the Atlantic
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Kiana talking to Elliot Smith in Lanzarote during his GGR campaign

Ep. 23, Ambre Hasson, Diving Headfirst into Sailing

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Ambre Hasson, Bristol 29, sailboat
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I discovered Ambre when she was helping GGR entrant Elliot Smith prepare for the race. We talk about learning to sail, cruising, the community of sailors. Ambre's Bristol 29, autopilots (or not), helping GGR skipper Elliot Smith, the Bahamas, her mini, the Mini Transat, and much more.

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Ambre's Mini
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Ep. 22, Ike Bartlett

Ike has family roots in the Newfoundland outport of Grand Bruit, which I visited this summer. We talk about Grenada, his Gulfstar 53, VHF radios, safety, taking boyscouts sailing, the abandonment of Newfoundland outports, the collapse of the cod fishery, Grand Bruit, relationships and personal growth from sailing, nomadic living, and more.

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Gulfstar 53

Ep. 21, Canada Update 4

More fjords and anchorages along Newfoundland's south coast, shipwrecks around Isle Aux Morts, sailing south to Nova Scotia, and the Golden Globe Race

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Allen Cove, Facheu Bay
Blow Me Down, cliff, Devil Bay, Canada, Newfoundland
Blow Me Down cliff
Isle Aux Morts, Canada, Newfoundland
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Devil Bay, fjord, Canada, Newfoundland
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Devil Bay, Fjord, Canada, Newfoundland
Grand Bruit, outport, Canada, Newfoundland
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caribou at Grand Bruit

Ep. 20, Elliot Smith, Golden Globe Race

I spoke with Elliot who was in La Sables D'Olonne, France, just two days before the start of the 2022 Golden Globe Race. We talk about his race preparations, his boat, his team, and much more.

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Ep. 19, Adventureman Dan, Bahamas 2022

The Bahamas, the last refit of Adventurbourne, boat blisters, deck paint, Seawater Pro watermaker, lithium batteries, sprouting, sharks, spearfishing, and hurricanes.

Ep. 18, Tapio Lehtinen, GGR 2022

Tapio is preparing to sail around the world in the Golden Globe Race, which starts in September. He did the same race in 2018 and finished fifth, out of 18 starters and only five finishers. We talk about his boat, the race, dealing with difficulties and staying positive, wildlife encounters, his new windvane, bottom paint, and the book I co-wrote with him, Ari Pusa, and Barry Pickthall, "On a Belt of Foaming Seas," about the 2018 race.

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Asteria passing the Canary Islands in the 2018 GGR
Asteria reefed down to the fourth reef
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Tapio with Cape Horn barely visible in the background
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Galiana, Tapio's Swan 55 to be sailed in the OGR in 2023

Ep. 17 Jonathan Fulford, Labrador and Newfoundland

Jonathan sails a Bristol Chanel Cutter and recently sailed to northern Labrador, and was circumnavigating Newfoundland when I interviewed him. We talk about his boat, safety, survival suits, finding anchorages in uncharted territory, sailing in Labrador and Newfoundland, whales, birds, fishing, and more.

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Ep. 16, Canada Update 3, Newfoundland

In this second update from Newfoundland, I discuss anchorages in the Bay d'Espoir, hiking, fishing, fake waterfalls, getting a fishing license, new anchoring techniques, falling rocks, swarms of hungry bloodsucking bugs, and I answer questions from Patreon patrons.

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Windflower at Cul de Sac
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The site of the abandoned outport at Great Jervis Harbor
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a fake waterfall
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a real waterfall

Ep. 15, Phillip Sax, The Channels of Southern Chile

Phillip Sax spent a year sailing in and exploring the islands and channels in and around the Beagle Channel and the Straits of Magellan, in Southern Chile. We talk about his experiences there, navigating, anchoring, sailing, fishing, etc. At the end, we also talk about The Bahamas, which I am always happy to do!

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Ep. 14, Canada Update 2, Newfoundland!

Ep 13, Bahamas to St Augustine

Planning for my passage from The Bahamas to St Augustine Florida, including stowing the dinghy on deck, preparing the boat for passage, my go-bag, weather, navigation, and sleep.

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The Gulf Stream Current, screenshot from Windy

Discussing my time in Nova Scotia, from Lunenberg through the Bras d'Or Lake, and Newfoundland, particularly the fjords on the south coast.

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Deadmans Cove, La Hune Bay
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Deadmans Cove, La Hune Bay
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Dollard Brook, with moose
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Sandy Point, in Hare Bay, West Arm
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Hare Bay, East Arm looking South
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Entering Cape La Hune Bay in the fog
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Windflower in Aviron Bay, looking West
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Windflower in Aviron Bay, looking East
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Fishing boats in Hermitage

Ep 13, Canada Update 1

A documentation of my journey from Snow Island, Maine, to Tenants Harbor; to Rockland; to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada; to Rogues Roost, and my first stop in the 100 wild Islands - Wolfes Island.

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Quetzal, John Kretschmer's boat
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Ep. 12, Capt. Phil Watson of the Bluenose II

The Bluenose II is a 161' schooner based out of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is a replica of the original Bluenose, a Grand Banks fishing and racing schooner, and possibly the most iconic boat in North America. We talk about the boat's history, construction, operation, and passages. We also talk about the crew, how they get the positions, what skills they develop, and what their lives are like, and much more.

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Ep. 10 and 11, The Wayward Travelers 3

Roan and Karrie have completed their Bahamas season, and thus wrapped up their sailing adventure, which was one of many. We talk about The Bahamas, Georgetown, fishing, food, culture, unforgetable experiences, and much more.

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the Hopetown Lighthouse
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Hatchet Bay Cave
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Jam session at Georgetown
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SV Wayward Winds
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Emmette of Hatchet Bay
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Snappy the turtle
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Ep. 9, Guy DeBoer 3

In this third interview with Guy DeBoer, we talk about his preparations for the 2022 Golden Globe Race, covering topics like boat preparation, spinnaker poles, electrical generation, sails, food, books, safety, the other competitors, and much more.

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Spirit, a Tashiba 36

Ep. 8, Florida to Maine

I just arrived in Maine after my longest solo passage yet, 1200nm, 9 days, St Augustine, Florida to Snow Island, Maine. Here, I talk about the passage, preparation for the passage, some things I learned along the way, the good times and the hard times, and where I'm going next.

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Royal Robbins jacket, Hydrovane self-steering windvane
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my new spinnaker pole
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Full moon sailing
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Mahi!
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This is how I spend most of my time
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Snow Island, Maine

Ep 7, Shawna Reed, Giving up Life on Land and Becoming a First Mate

Having no previous sailing experience, Shawna moved onto a 35' sailboat with her partner, gave up her land-based life, and sailed away to the Caribbean. We talk about sacrifices, learning to sail, dealing with fear, cutting ties to land, family, career, experiencing new cultures, making new friends, staying clean, getting along with each other, and more.

Ep. 7, Alex Teeft, Nova Scotia

Alex is a sailor and boat-builder who lives near the 100 Wild Islands Wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada. We talk about sailing in Nova Scotia, fishing, the climate, the cruising season, surfing, wildlife, bugs, fog, dealing with the cold, the Bras d'Or Lake, and more.

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Ep. 6, Nini Champion and Lisa Roland

Nini and Lisa are preparing to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a 27' rowboat in the 2022 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. We talk about their mission, motivation, the boat, food, water, getting past fear, their training, the team, wildlife risks, and much more.

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Lisa Roland
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The boat they intend to buy

Ep. 5, Dr. Dustin Welbourne Part 2

Ep. 4, Dr. Dustin Welbourne, Ecology for Cruising Sailors

Dr Welbourne is both scientist and cruising sailor. We talk about solar panels, lithium batteries, camera traps, sharks, bearded fire worms, The Bahamas, coral reef ecology, sea-level rise, and more. This is part one, part 2 comes out next week.

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Ep. 2 and 3, John Kretschmer, Author and Offshore Sailing Guru

John Kretschmer is the author of 7 sailing nonfiction books and is the host of serious offshore training passages and bluewater sailing workshops. We talk about sailing in the Caribbean, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, bugs, bears, the Golden globe Race, his boat Quetzal - a Kaufman 47, offshore sailboat design, keels, rudders, reefing, staysails, safety, celestial navigation, books, writing,and much more.

Ep. 1, Kiana Weltzien, Solo Sailing a Wharram Catamaran

Kiana is an incredibly brave and competent young woman who sails solo aboard a 1971 Wharram Catamaran. We talk about developing the dream to sail away, learning to sail, finding her boat, sailing across the Caribbean Sea, sailing across the Atlantic, avoiding hurricanes, microplastics, bravery, the benefits of a Wharram, and much more.

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Mara Noka
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Marn Noka and Ontong Java